The Pointe Restaurant & Bar

3.7
56 reviews
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Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in a fun, casual restaurant overlooking Charlottesville's Downtown Pedestrian Mall. Our outdoor patio is a perfect place for seasonal outdoor dining! The Pointe's Art of Breakfast will tempt your palate and nourish your body for the day ahead. You'll enjoy cage-free eggs, humane certified bacon or sausage, organic cereals and coffee, fresh and locally made bagels, Danish pastries, and breads, and made-to-order stations.

Serving trendy drinks, imported beers and microbrews alongside light lunches and dinners, the Pointe Bar is the ideal place to meet friends or relax after a long day in downtown Charlottesville. Complimentary Omni parking
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LS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious scallops...very clean restaurant... beautiful hotel...waitress on 3/2/19, 6:00 p.m. said that she does not usually work in the restaurant but I think she should - she was great!!!

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w
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Upscale hotel setting. Pleasant atmosphere with good food. Wine and food are a little pricey

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LH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The Christmas buffet was very good. There was a wide assortment of food in abundance. The complimentary champagne was a nice touch. The desserts were just OK. The sweet potato pie was disappointing. Service was nice. Staff went out of their way to accommodate us.

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RW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We had a bad experience, We waited, until my daughter got up and got us some drinks.
Its thanksgiving, Finally got our orders in, with in some time they brought us two orders that was not ours. to find out the table across the way. that they eventually got it after we got ours. Not sure what occurred there. We finally get our meal, its was good. I was missing my vegetables and my cranberries. I asked for them got my vegies but never got my cranberries. During our dinner, one of the waiters came down the two step stairs in a hurry carring salads and dressings for someone, he dumped one of the dressings all around my wife. took them 15 mins before someone attempted to clean it up. For what we paid for this it was a mess, I contained myself, because I had my wife and daughter with me.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. We were from out of town and other restaurant serving the thanksgiving fare were all booked.
The Pointe was horrible. There was a long line of people even though there was hardly anyone there. We had a reservation but they couldn’t sit us and told us to wait in a cold waiting area. We told them we’d wait in the bar, and they never came to find us.
We got a slab of dry turkey which was horrible. Cranberry sauce didn’t taste like cranberry sauce, they should have just bought the Libby’s canned cranberries.
Never again.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 2

Not enough watlit staff for the number of Thanksgiving reservations

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JR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

I don't mind a pretentious place when the food is good. That was not the case this time. We went on Thanksgiving and even the stuffing was disappointing. Further, the service, while friendly, was nothing to write home about. It took a long time to get a drink, our food order was incorrect, and we had to call for the bill. Pretty disappointing.

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c
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was good, and the service was excellent. Padric was attentive (but not too much so) and we had a great dinner experience.

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BK
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of oysters and they were amazing! One of our best meals in Charlottesville!

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WP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Food bland. Nothing special.

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PA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server made our night interesting and most memorable!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was even better!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Outside dining is nice.
Food was mediocre at best. We got the vegetable ravioli which was overdone, hard and dry.
We also had the macaroni and cheese and the potatoes au gratin. The macaroni was bland and the potatoes were hard.
On the good side, our server was great and the manager came over and introduced himself. Unfortunately we did not see the manager again or we would have told him about the food.

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B
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem for sure, incredible food that is also innovative and pretty!

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P
Indiana
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant dinner. Better than you might expect at a hotel dinning room. The food was good as was the service. It was quiet so we could talk with our dinner companions.

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was nice. The service was perfect and we had felt welcome

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

We arrived and sat outside, as requested. If there hadn't been Metallic and AC/DC playing loudly from another restaurant.. It would've been decent ambiance. We ordered a burger medium cooked. Mine came and was cooked like a hockey puck. Burnt on the bottom and the cheese abs bacon on the top has been broiled beyond any recognition of food. The cast iron potato gratin was good until you ate more.. Then you were overwhelmed with salty onion powder. It was not a pleasant experience. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Simply stellar service. They helped us graciously celebrate graduation and were so nice, they ran out of crane brûlée and apologized and offered anything else for free to make up for the disappointment.

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MH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice restaurant in the Omni Hotel. There for a UVA graduation. Menu was fixed at $79/person so a bit pricey. Wine, drinks, and tip excluded. Food was very good. Service was very slow. Got in after a long day of travel so the location was great. Right next to the downtown mall, so many less expensive restaurant options available within walking distance.

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JG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sitting choice was not the greatest and it wasn't offered to move to a better spot but now I know to ask for the open area in the restaurant since it was my first time there.

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1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I decided to try The Pointe for Sunday Brunch that happened to be on Mother’s Day. There was a ton of food - most of it was very good, a few items were just mediocre. The brunch was $49 per person for the buffet, so fairly pricey, but they were offering complimentary mimosas and bloody Marys, which I wish I would have planned for.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our special occasion was a family reunion of sorts and we really enjoyed the quiet and the excellent food. Thank you to all who helped us that evening.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time that our group has come for lunch after seeing a film at the Violet Crown Theater. We always have the lunch buffet. The food is delicious and service is excellent! My wife says that it is the one of the best bargains in Charlottesville. Thank you for making these events a delight!

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CW
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter Brunch is nice in the atrium and it was good value for the elaborate buffet.

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DJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal, starting with the cheese plate and were then rewarded with a perfectly prepared steak (medium rare) and veggies. The service was attentive but not overbearing allowing us to enjoy our meal and people watch. Will come again when we are in the Charlottesville VA area.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Christmas dinner was very good. But still had to pay $6.00 for parking. Scanner did not work.

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LD
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made 2 p.m. Christmas dinner reservations for my husband and myself since we were away from home only to get to the restaurant and find out the dinner did not start until 5 p.m. and at 2 p.m. they were closing between the a.m. buffet and the p.m. buffet.

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were looking for a relaxed and dressy casual place to have a lovely Christmas lunch before our formal Christmas dinner later that night . Well, we certainly chose the right place. The people working there and serving us could not have been any lovelier or more accommodat-
Ing! My husband, 21 year old son ( home from college ) and I were all welcomed with smiles from the very beginning. The menu had so many items to choose from that I loved, that I will definitely return for future lunches . All in all, what a delightful find in an area that I have been to many times , but didn't know this little jewel was right under my nose .
I would definitely recommend The Pointe to locals, students or travelers looking for a welcoming smile and a wonderful selection of delicious dishes to try .

I only checked the items that applied to us during lunch for the previous review ..

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k
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. We had seafood and everything was delicious. Our server was excellent and friendly too. My only complaint about the atmosphere was that the high ceiling made it cold on a December evening. I kept my jacket on the entire time.

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M
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. The service impeccable. The wait staff more than helpful.

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Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There were very few people there for a Saturday night at 7:00. I had told my husband I saw king salmon on their menu. However, after we sat down and looked at the menu it said "Atlantic King Salmon". There is no such fish. All Atlantic salmon is farm raised. No Kings. I ordered an entree salad. The greens were arugula. The server informed me they were out of arugula. The service was great, the hotel is nice. Just not the best dinning experience.

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DJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful server and friendly staff. This was a Thanksgiving Day buffet. The food choices were nice but the fish was overcooked and the freshly sliced prime rib was cold. Good salads but the rest was okay.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to The Pointe (which is located in the Omni Hotel) for their Thanksgiving brunch, a huge buffet with a lot of wonderful food. Besides the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, there was Madras curry chicken, swordfish, peel-and-eat jumbo shrimp, jalapeno corn bread, macaroni and cheese, beef, ham, custom-made crepes, a variety of rolls and sweet rolls, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, custom-made omlets and many, many desserts. There was also tea and excellent Peets coffee, juices and flavored waters. We sat on the edge of the atrium, a soaring, light-filled garden-like space that I love, and enjoyed excellent service and the live piano music. A full bar was available, and Mimosas and Bloody Marys were included in the price. The staff were all very pleasant, professional and thoughtful, and we had a wonderful time. With no cooking and no cleanup required, this may become our annual Thanksgiving tradition!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We came for brunch at the end of our friend’s bachelorette weekend. When two of us arrived, the waiter assumed we wanted the brunch buffet for $20, but we said we weren’t sure and would like to see menus. A few other friends showed up and he started pouring them coffee and OJ without asking. He then mentioned the brunch buffet and that it cost $20, but buying items a la carte would mean you pay $5 for coffee and $6 for juice. Annoying and shady for him to have explained this after already pouring drinks.

At the end, he brought the bill with one extra brunch buffet charge on it. We asked him to remove, which he did, but he did not remove the extra charge from the calculation of the 20% tip that was included. We decided to pass because it was $4, but again, frustrating on principle.

Also the ambiance here is lacking - very generic hotel restaurant. Would not go back between that and the shady business practices.

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d
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Convenient location near the Charlottesville mall. Dined here with friends during the Film Festival. The crab bisque was delicious but I was disappointed in my tasteless trout that was a bit dried out or overcooked as the skin stuck to the fish, and did not peel away as it should. My friends also enjoyed the crab bisque, and the salmon dish. The menu overall was okay. I would dine at any of the other restaurants over returning to The Pointe. We dined here party for the convenience and to use a free entree coupon, which was nice.

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JT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was one of the worst meals I have had in a long time. We had a reservation which was not honored. Then when we were finally seated we were encouraged to have the breakfast buffet. The buffet was constantly empty, and we had to complain to get things refilled. The waffle and omelette station were manned by 1 person that was way too slow and you ended up just leaving because it took too long.

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JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good brunch. The buffet was delicious! They even had a separate gluten-free section with its own table. Nice ambience.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great breakfast at a reasonable price. I had the crab Benedict which was very new nice. Others had the buffet and said it was the best they'd ever had. Good Bloody Mary as well.

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Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab Cakes, Scallops were terrific.Ken the waitstaff person, not intrusive, but great for advice.
Great addition, since the City of Charlottesville now is charging for street parking and with a limit of 2 hours: The Pointe offers free parking in their parking garage. Patio dining on September evening was perfect. Also: the support Hospice of the Piedmont, a really good cause.

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V
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I found through Open Table since I was unfamiliar with dining options in Charlottesville. The lunch buffet was wonderful. Service a little off, but probably because of buffet option. Outside seating was nice. Indoor setting nice too.

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